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Jonathan Levine Talks Surviving Title Changes & Casting Switch-Ups In Making '50/50'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 29, 2011 8:37 AM
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Filmmaker Describes Why They Dropped The Original Title, 'I'm With Cancer' & How They Survived Losing Their Lead Actor 2 Weeks Before ShootingOur conversation with director Jonathan Levine first ran during the "50/50" world premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, but we're worried it got lost in that crazy shuffle. With the film in theaters this weekend -- on 2,400 screens no less -- we thought we'd revisit the chat one more time.

'Spartacus' Star Jai Courtney Takes 'One Shot' & Erin Moriarty Goes On A 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 8:08 AM
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A couple of casting updates for two films about to roll in front of cameras.

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' To Follow 'The Town' Template, Will Open On September 14, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 7:34 AM
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It's probably safe to say that last year, Warner Bros. knew they had a good movie on their hands with "The Town," but that they didn't expect it would turn into a $150 million worldwide hit and Oscar contender. Riding high off positive notices at Venice and TIFF, "The Town" rolled into theaters just a few days after unspooling in Toronto and became a box office hit, and when it all ended, the movie made some considerable bank and even landed an Oscar nomination for Jeremy Renner. Not bad. Not messing with what worked last time, WB has dated "Argo," Ben Affleck's next directorial effort, for September 14, 2012, and it's likely they are hoping to carbon copy "The Town"'s success.
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Ellen Page Will Be Alexander Skarsgård's Former Lover In ‘The East’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 7:01 AM
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We'll say this for Ellen Page, she's not following anyone's playbook. After breaking out in a big way thanks to "Juno," the actress stuck it out (mostly) with smaller films, taking on roles in "Smart People," "Whip It" and "Peacock." Of course, you don't ignore the phone when Christopher Nolan comes calling, but while she starred in last year's "Inception," she followed it up with low-budget indie superhero spoof "Super." And after spending the summer tossing around bon mots with Woody Allen in Italy for "Bop Decameron," Page continues to seek out interesting work rather than just play the girlfriend/secretary/hipster in some studio rom-com.

French Actress Bérénice Marlohe Latest Name Rumored As New Bond Girl For 'James Bond 23'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 6:25 AM
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Presumably, official "James Bond 23" news will be coming any day now since the movie is about a year away from hitting theaters, but until then rumors will continue to swirl.

Review: 'Sarah Palin: You Betcha!' Is A Surprisingly Toothless Bore

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 29, 2011 6:02 AM
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Nick Broomfield is a British documentarian with a reputation for being boldly unafraid to ruffle people’s feathers. In films like “Biggie & Tupac” and, most notoriously, “Kurt and Courtney,” he seemed unconcerned with the status quo (or possibly lawsuits), making inflammatory claims and taking part in gleeful provocation, a welcome change of pace from the overtly mannered realm of current documentary filmmaking. Which makes “Sarah Palin: You Betcha!,” his new film about America’s one-time potential Vice President and former Governor of Alaska, so odd – it’s boring, toothless, and genial. Anyone (like me) smacking their gums in anticipation of the pointed evisceration Palin would receive from the guy who not-so-subtly suggested Courtney Love engineered Kurt Cobain’s death is going to be sorely disappointed.

Watch: Mark Wahlberg Gets Pulled Back Into The Life In Gritty, Familiar 'Contraband' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 5:37 AM
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Ruh roh. Mark Wahlberg is getting pulled back into DA LIFE. If you ever wondered what a Liam Neeson thriller mashed up with your average Jason Statham movie -- with a much better cast -- would look like, here's "Contraband" to give you an idea.

Jeff Nichols Talks About His Trust In Sony Pictures Classics & 'Take Shelter''s Memorable Ending

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 29, 2011 5:04 AM
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And More From The Cast & Filmmaker Of The Apocalyptic DramaLady luck is currently showing Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols her pearly whites. Though his strong debut feature "Shotgun Stories" took years to complete and be unleashed into the world, his sophomore effort "Take Shelter" was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics before they even saw a cut. In addition to that, its two principal players, Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, are having a banner year and are quickly rising to household name-status. To top it all off, the filmmaker is already lensing his next feature, "Mud," in addition to writing yet another movie. Needless to say, Nichols is very busy and in demand.

Review: 'Tucker & Dale' The Hillbilly Horror Buddy Comedy You Never Knew You Wanted

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • September 29, 2011 4:39 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review prior to the VOD release. The film hits theaters in limited release starting Friday, September 30th.
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Tom Everett Scott To Hook Up With Marisa Tomei In 'Us & Them' With Billy Crystal & Bette Midler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 4:15 AM
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It has been nearly a decade since funnyman Billy Crystal has appeared on screen in a movie (and we'll overlook his cameo in "The Tooth Fairy"), seemingly perfectly content to just do voice work ("Cars," "Howl's Moving Castle") or appear in viral videos. But there is only so long you can keep somebody like Crystal away from a movie set. He's set to cameo in "The Muppets" later this year, he apparently pops up in Jonas Åkerlund's "Small Apartments" and, of course, he'll be bringing Mike Wazowski back to life in "Monsters University." But his first big starring role since "Analyze That" will be in "Us & Them" with Bette Midler and Bailee Madison, and now a couple more folks are along for the ride.

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